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​​In the U.K., Political Scandals and Economic Woes Leave Johnson in Hot Water

MIN READJan 12, 2022 | 19:11 GMT

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson (center) is seen in the backseat of a car in London, England, after holding a Prime Minister's Questions (PMQ) session in Parliament on Jan. 12, 2022.

U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson (center) is seen in the backseat of a car in London, England, after a Prime Minister's Questions (PMQ) session in Parliament on Jan. 12, 2022.

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A series of political scandals and economic issues facing the U.K. government could result in the appointment of a new prime minister, but an early general election is unlikely, reducing the probability of abrupt policy changes in the short-to-medium term. U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson is in a fragile position amid continued reports that senior members of the British government held parties in 2020 while the country was in lockdown, fueling criticism about the government’s double standards in imposing COVID-19 restrictions. The opposition Labour Party has openly called for Johnson’s resignation. Some members of his governing Conservative Party have also expressed discomfort with the government’s scandals....

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